hi, i just came from rajhastan. i had an ajanda of my own but i changed it when i arrived in delhi after i talked to mr. rashed from the capital city travels and tours (phone 91-11-423150051). a friend of mine and myself paid $1520 for two people and we were provided a nice car with an english speaking wonderful driver who took us to many unbelievable places we did not even know about in new delhi, jaipur, agra, orchha, kajuraho and varanasi for 12 days day and night. the hotels with breakfast, agra tour, the elephant ride in fatehpur sikri and two boat rides (morning and evening) in ghatts in varanasi were also included in the price. we were greeted by tour guides in 3 of the cities whom we were not required to pay but we tipped. we stayed in hotels changed from old palaces like amar mahal in orchha, and usha bundela in khajuraho.we really enjoyed our trip and highly recommend the tour agency.
Fondest memory: people were poor but friendly, the traffic was chaotic but no accidents occurred, the food was different but very delicious and the places we visited were very old and dirty but fascinating... i've never seen drivers who were so patient and tolerant in my life and i traveled a lot, believe me.
Most of hotels and guest house offer free WiFi but if you want to use laptops in long journey in trains you can buy dongle.
Fondest memory: I have been most of popular city of Rajasthan not only hotels even small guest house has free Wi Fi so before booking you room in hotel or guest house you should ask-----
When going to Jaipur or anywhere in Rajasthan it is important to have a good driver. However waiting until you arrive will only yield to a confusing bombardment of options.
I can recommend to you someone who will make your trip completely enjoyable as he is an honest experienced guide and just a great person. His English is excellent and he hosts guests from many countries of other languages as well. His name is Vinod Bharadwaj and he has a web site http://gunjantravels.com . contact him by phone or email and you will see that your trip is off to a great start.
As he said to us on our first trip with him after a few days, "I am a kangaroo and you are in my pouch."
Fondest memory: Being with Vinod made sour trip extraordinary. He is the kindest, warmest person, and showed us a parts of India that can only be reached by someone who lives there. He made us fall in love with India, and we have been back 4 times.
The vibrancy of Rajasthan is never completely discovered until you engulf yourself in the music and dance of it. The rich folklore and culture has added some more sparkles to its glory making Rajasthani dance and music a treasured jewel in Indian culture.The art of Folk Music and Dances is popular amongst the Tribal people of Rajasthan. Folk Music and dances of Rajasthan arouse the desert in all moods. The spectacular beauty of the land of Rajasthan is elated with the Folk Music and dances performed by the native people.
Fondest memory: Khuri sand-dunes camp near Jaisalmer very nice Rajasthani folk dance frent of your dining table.About two hours defrent Rajasthani dance and music.
Favorite thing: This beautiful house in rural areas of Rajasthan on the way Jodhpur to Jaisalmer also can find in Western Rajasthan.The rooms are made in earthen style finishing with mud and clay.The roof as you will be able to see from the pictures is of local thatch.Around the house rock slab wall for safety.These rooms stay cool even in very harsh summers and remain warm in severe winters, betwen the Huts open air courtyard.The beds have been made by the local artisans in the traditional style.
The bulls are turning the main drive wheel in a circular motion which has cogs which interlock with a drive shaft which turns the main lifting wheel.
This wheel has a chain of iron pots which fill with water from the well and split it on a spillway from where it flows into the fields.
Fondest memory: This old Earlegasen system still in use by the Farmers of Rajastha.You can see around Udaipur rural areas on the way to Ranakpur/Kumbalgarh.Exactly the persian wheel also known as Rahat, where a number of small pots are attached to a long chain.
In the modern cities of Rajasthan you may not find many people using turbans but in rural areas you will find all the people using turbans. Rajasthan is known for the beauty and elegance of its colourful turbans.Each colour has its own importance and significance like Ochre is the colour of the mendicant, while the saffron is commonly worn at the time of weddings.Rajasthan each caste have their own distinguishing colours.Seasonal Turbans, Different Turbans For Different Festivals.The turban's size and shape is influenced by the climatic conditions of the different regions. Turbans in the hot desert areas are large and loose. Farmers and shepherds, who need constant protection from the elements of nature, wear some of the most voluminous turbans. They also have many practical functions.
Fondest memory: Turbans are of two categories mainly.
PAAG, (22 meter's by 6 inches) which is tied once and worn like a cap till the material gets dirty.
SAFA, (10 meter's long & 1 meter wide) which is tied every day.
A safa (turban) is much more then just an item of headgear to protect the wearer from the sun's heat.By it's shape color, and size, it tells you a great deal about the man, such as where he comes from, what he does for a living and his position in society.It was traditionally considered an essential part of man's clothing and to appear in public without one was a sign of grossly bad behavior.The colour pattern and style of tying the turban vary according to community, religion, and even district.Thus it is said that the style or men's turban changes every 12 miles in Rajasthan.Turban tying is considered a fine art.Men who have mastered it take great pride in the fact.Some colors and patterns are seasonal, such as white, and red phalguniya turban that is worn in spring.Others signify family circumstances, for instance, the dotted chunri pattern or bright colours signify a marriage or birth of a child.On the other hand, colors like dark blue, maroon or khaki signify a death in the family.Wearing the wrong type of turban under the wrong circumstances can make one an object of ridicule.
1. Keep in mind that train systems is always not punctual as it is outside India.
2. Would adivise you to stay in hotel/resort of RAJASTHAN. Govt. These are
cheap and safe at the same time.
3. Keep full stock of water with you.
4. Raj. govt. has taken lot of initiative to strengthen the confidence of travellers in raj.
Please use govt. service, this would help govt. in maintaining and improving security of travellers.
Best wishes ...
Fondest memory: I was born here .. missing it every moment while living outside.
Electricity shortage ! when there is light in metro .. people will start criping abt everything as if they have done all the justice to the nature. To me power just reminds me of my early days where we used and lived only by the SUN/moon light ... or merely light which is generated while cooking of food using the natural resources .. people say this cause problems/polution etc.. I believe they should spend 1 year entirely using only the natural resource , this will increase days to ur life span and would be helpful for nature too.
The Ghoomar dance from Udaipur and Fire dances of Jaisalmer have their own distinct style and portray the cultural heritage of Rajasthan. The music is simple but compelling, and the dances depict personal relationships and daily life, often focused around collecting water from wells. Female dancers twirl while balancing up to 6 pots on their heads. The grace and balance displayed in these whirling dances is breathtaking. The top most pot has a fire burning in it.(It is often called Fire-Dancing)
Folk music is also a vital part of Rajasthani culture. Folk songs are commonly ballads which relate heroic deeds and love stories. Religious or devotional songs known as bhajans and banis (often accompanied by musical instruments like dholak, sitar and sarangi ) are also part of the repartoire.
The songs are plaintive, and even if one does not understand the words- the story told through the dance is easy to understand and follow.
Fondest memory: The Colours, Music and Dancing are so completely different from the other states in India.
Rajasthani turbans are tied in distinctly different ways, and the colours of the turbans usually are indicative of caste.
Rajasthani traditional dress for women is usually an ankle length skirt and a short top, known as a choli. A shawl is used to cover the head, both for protection from heat and maintenance of modesty. Rajasthani dresses are in bright-in colours of yellow, orange red and blue. The women are graceful, and they have amazing posture- even in old age.
Recently, I visited Rajasthan, a state of India popularly known as land of desert and as "Place of Rajput Warriors".
When i reached rajasthan i found the state many times beautiful then my expectations. The cities in Rajasthan i visited
were Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mount Abu, Pushkar and Bikaner.
The Places in Rajasthan that attracted me were desert in jaisalmer, jaipur City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Udaipur Lake Palace, Fateh Sagar, Mount Abu Dilwara Jain Temple, Nakki Lake, Pushkar Brahma Mandir and Bikaner Junagarh Fort, Karni Mata Temple.
I had collated a lot of information while planning my trip through this website rajasthan.gajeebo.com a complete rajasthan travel information guide
“Rajasthan” a land of tradition and customs with ancient monuments and palaces has always attracted me and my visit proved to be awesome.
Laptops are one of the most common gadget you will find indian business travelers carrying with them. Yes people tend to loose them but I can tell you that its very safe to carry the laptops in this part of the country with a bit of caution. I belong to Rajasthan and knows this place good enough to pass this verdict.
As regards carrying it only for storing pictures, I think the idea suggested in the above tip makes lot of sense. You can also pick up a 8GB or 16GB pen drive as well. I would suggest you to carry the laptop only if you have problems accessing internet at the cafes, else no need to carry excess baggages. Further these cafes are also happily offering their services in writing a DVD or CD after downloading your pictures from the memory card.
Its not that bad as it sounds, I can safely say as I live in Northern India (Jaipur). Its bad on or around Mumbai. Delhi if it rains for few hours there is a water clogging on roads in old delhi areas. In Rajasthan its actually quite pleasant and September would be decent month to visit. Our tourist season starts from October in any case. August be prepared for some bad says as Monsoons across the world are highly unpredictable.
Trust me our life goes on normally.
The Kuchaman Fort is situated on the top of a hill like an eagle's nest. It has many tales to tell. The Kuchaman City controlled the salt trade as far as back as 1250 years ago. For this purpose, Gujjar Pratihara Dynasty had constructed part of the Kuchaman Fort during 760 A.D. They controlled of the salt producing areas that starts from Kuchaman and extend up to the salt lake of Sambhar.
After the fall of the Gurjar Pratihara Dynasty in 960 A.D., the Chauhans ruled the area and were followed by the Gaur rulers.
After the fall of the Gaur rulers, the Rathores became the rulers of this area. Actually, the Rathores got possession of this area only after a war with the Gaurs. The Rathores ruled this area from 1724 A.D. onwards till independence of India and the merger of the erstwhile Princely States.
Fondest memory: Kuchaman Fort with its high and massive ramparts, 32 bastions, 10 gates and various defenses is a formidable Fort unique in its architecture. For its water management and storage schemes, Kuchaman Fort had several underground and over ground tanks that exist even today. The underground hideouts, secret escape routes, dungeons and the ancient flourmill are truly exceptional and can be seen only at this exquisite Fort of Kuchaman.
The Kuchaman Fort has been restored back to its past glory, thanks to the great efforts of the direct descendant of the former Rathore Rulers, Ranjit Singh Rathore. The restoration process required not only ample time and money, but also great precision and skill in planning, without disturbing the originality of this Ancient Architectural wonder. It required "travelling back in time", conceptualizing the ambience of the "havelies" and forts of those times. The work involved using the same ingredients that were used by the masons centuries ago. The descendants of the masons and artisans who had built the Kuchaman Fort still live in and around the city of Kuchaman and are known as "Kumawats". Due to lack of any demand for their skills and patronage in the few decades, they had to emigrate to other regions and change their profession for earning their bread and butter.
The climate of Rajasthan can be divided into four seasons: Pre-Monsoons, Monsoon, Post-Monsoon and Winter.
Pre-monsoon, which extends from April to June, is the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32oC to 45oC. In western Rajasthan the temp may rise to 48C, particularly in May and June. At this time, Rajasthan only hill station, Mt Abu registers the lowest temperatures. In the desert regions, the temperatures drops in night. Prevailing winds are from the west and sometimes carry dust storms (we call them andhi).
The second season Monsoon extends from July to September, temp drops but humidity increases making it very un comfortable, even when there is slight drop in the temp (35oC to 40oC). We have about 90% of our rains in this period.
The Post-monsoon period is from Oct to December. The average maximum temperature is 33oC to 38oC, and the minimum is between 18oC and 20oC.
The fourth season is the winter or cold season, from January to March. There is a marked variation in maximum and minimum temperatures, and regional variations across the state. January is the coolest month of the year. And temp may drop to 0oC in some cities of Rajasthan, like Churu. There is slight precipitation in the north and north-eastern region of the state, and light winds, predominantly from the north and north-east. At this time, relative humidity ranges from 50% to 60% in the morning, and 25% to 35% in the afternoon.
Fondest memory: Temp & Rainfall
January to March 50oF - 80oF, 4MM - 7MM
April to June 75oF - 105oF, 11MM - 30MM
July to September 70oF - 95oF, 100MM - 165MM
October to December,55oF - 85oF, 3MM - 8MM
These are average temp and rainfall of Rajasthan, and may vary for each city. The temperature is in degrees Fahrenheit.
Outlying countryside offers rich assortment of Wild Life.Grassy Ranthambore National Park, Sariska National Park, Keoladeo National Park, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary Bikaner, Machiya Safari Park Jodhpur, Kumbalgarh Sanctuary Udaipu,
Akal Fossil Park Jaisalmer.Which affords vistas over the Lake and Forested Hills beyond welty are main attractions.
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